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Sensors help ‘lift the lid’

Containers are often used when transporting bulk cargo, including wood chip and biomass, by rail. A manufacturer of bulk-cargo containers has developed an innovative unloading system that uses only a modified forklift, eliminating the need for specialist handling equipment. The forklift has two pairs of lifting forks. The main forks, …

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Robust inductives ‘Turn-over an Old-leaf’

Agriculture is using increasingly complex automation in its machinery and an example is in composting machines. Contrinex’s uniquely robust V4A/ 316L stainless-steel sensors are relied upon for operating reliably in the challenging environment of the inside of the drive rotor. Withstanding dust, humidity and high temperatures, the sensors enable the …

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Small but powerful photosensors help wrap chocolate

In factories producing fast-moving consumer goods, automated packaging operations are the norm. Confectionery products are no exception; in high-volume production, manufacturers pack sealed bags of candy in cardboard cartons, which are in turn stacked for shrink- wrapping and palletisation. Packed cartons arrive for shrink-wrapping in uniform stacks. A wrapping machine …

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High-pressure rated Inductives keep packing a riveting punch

Automotive technicians assembling prototype vehicle bodies during pre-production use manual punch-riveting tools to join individual sheet-metal parts. Several thousand joints are required per vehicle, and tools must be compact since space is often limited. Bad joints, which are very costly to repair, can occur if the technician does not set …

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Retrofitted inductive sensors watch over dairy’s valves

At a dairy-processing plant, milk products, made from pasteurized or raw milk, require hygienic transportation between successive operations. Process engineers use stainless-steel pipework to transport liquid ingredients from one operation to the next. Fluid flow is managed using control valves fitted with electrical, hydraulic or pneumatic actuators. Multiple rotary-shaft valves …

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Miniature photoelectric distance measurement modules help robots avoid gripper collisions

Collision avoidance is an absolute priority for automation engineers implementing robotic handling systems. At worst, a collision can result in injury to a human co-worker; at best, damage to static infrastructure or other equipment. Either way, the implications are serious for any organisation, an accident is costly and potentially tragic. …

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Contrinex’s RFID tracks mobile conveyor position

During surface-mining operations, large mobile reclamation machines are used to recover bulk materials. On each machine, a bucket-wheel excavator collects material and deposits it onto a conveyor. As an area is cleared of material, the machine moves along parallel steel travel rails to the next area, allowing continuous operation without …

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Photoelectric sensors keep robots sweet

During high-speed production of retail bags, a confectionery manufacturer conveys individual bags of sweets to a pick-and-place packing robot for secondary packaging. A highly reliable diffuse-mode photoelectric sensor, mounted beside the conveyor, detects the presence of bags as they approach the packing station and inhibits the pick-and-place sequence if no …

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Sensors help make N95 masks in fight against COVID-19

Reliability is essential in automated production, and nowhere more than in the hard-pressed healthcare supply sector. At the time of the global COVID-19 crisis, OEM equipment builders rushed to increase capacity for producing personal protective equipment (PPE). Manufacturers of N95 face masks, a high-volume item of PPE, faced unprecedented demand …

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Contrinex inductives speed up robot assembly of PCBs

Highly reliable automation and machine-control systems are used to eliminate assembly faults and improve efficiency in an assembly operation. Whilst the repetitive assembly tasks are well-suited to being done by robots, these robots can be too slow at picking and placing the assembled parts and therefore a rotary indexing table …

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